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By Ken Lodge

Member since May 14, 2012

​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →


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Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

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A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil King of Diamonds

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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.

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Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...

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The origins of the 'Great Mogul' brand playing cards.

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This paper considers three questions relating to the Fool-card in the tarot-pack.

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There is little information available about the early twentieth century card game Kuhn Kahn. It firs...

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Piquet may be the oldest card game which is still played today with origins going back to early 16th...

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A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014. ...

1864 Corner Indices

Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

42: Andrew Dougherty

42: Andrew Dougherty

Andrew Dougherty was one of the biggest American card-makers in the 19th century.

Army & Navy

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Andrew Dougherty’s Army & Navy deck from the Civil War era, c.1865.

Union Playing Card Co.

Union Playing Card Co.

Not much is known about this early manufacturer who is reckoned to have traded between c.1870s-1890s...

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Tally-Ho

The earliest Ace of Spades had the Centre Street address and the Jolly Joker was used until the “Tal...

1894 Indicator No.50

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No.50 appears at the bottom of the Ace of Spades and the cards have corner indices and miniature sui...

1878 Triplicate No.18

Triplicate No.18

Dougherty first secured a patent for “Triplicates” in 1876, a novel type of indices with a miniature...

1850 Andrew Dougherty c.1850

Andrew Dougherty c.1850

The idiosyncratic courts used in this deck were used by several other U.S. manufacturers, including ...

1883 Ivorette

Ivorette

Dougherty was at the forefront of innovation, adding Best Bowers and then Jokers, rounded corners an...

1897 Cruiser Playing Cards

Cruiser Playing Cards

Dougherty's ‘Cruiser No.96’, first published c.1897, was dedicated to the U.S. Navy..

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A precursor for the 'Bateleur'/'Magus' included in the major arcana of our tarot pack.

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13: Some North American Cards

I deal with some of the US makers in more detail on other pages, but here is a brief introduction.